Brain hacks to boost productivity

We all need a little boost in productivity to build confidence and move us closer to achieving our dream. Here are a few that help me stay on track or get back on track.

  1. Set an Intention: Most people are not able to focus because they are not clear on what to focus on or for how long. Give yourself a productivity boost by choosing a specific task to do for a specific amount of time, that will put you one step closer toward your goal.
  2. Meditate: Meditation helps to calm your mind and build focus. Meditation is simple and effective so educate yourself on basic techniques or search YouTube to follow a guided meditation.
  3. Take Pitstops: Experiment with your break frequency and duration while working. The most successful people I know go hard for 50 minutes and then takes a 10-minute break. Some people find that they need a 5 minute break every 25 minutes. Try them out and see what works best for you.
  4. Avoid Distraction: Distraction is a difficult habit to overcome. It feels good to linger on the break after a long work time and we justify it to ourselves. Self-Care should be scheduled and not a result of stressing ourselves out if we can prevent it. If you are a “helper” like me, other distractions, like interruptions can give us a temporary emotional boost (make us “feel” important) that then leads to self-induced stress because we took our focus away from the important NOT urgent tasks.
  5. Alternate High and Low Focus tasks: Alternating gives your brain a chance to rest and recover between higher-focus tasks like content creation or strategic planning. Sprinkling in some lower-focus tasks like returning emails, calls, doing laundry or other routine tasks, will give you the balance your brain requires and keep your productivity overall higher. I plan ahead and have a “go-to” list of routine tasks to fill in or use to clear my mental cache. Try it.
  6. Stay Hydrated: Most people do not realize that they are partially dehydrated 80% of the time. This has a direct impact on your ability to concentrate and make good decisions. The solution is actually quite simple: at least drink 8 oz of water every working hour. I do this during my pitstop or break. Staying hydrated will also prevent most headaches before they start or minimize the impact of a headache (so we don’t feel compelled to take over-the-counter meds to combat the symptoms). Not to mention, drinking half your weight in ounces of water is healthy for your body (checking off one of your goals in the process).
  7. Keep a Positive Mindset: If you want to be more productive, then develop a positive outlook on LIFE. Studies have shown that your mindset affects your productivity. When you adopt a positive mindset, you will accomplish more each day. Be sure to check your work environment as well, removing negative sources in your control will allow you to maintain a positive vibe as your work.

Hopefully a few of these will help you stay the course. Little boosts in productivity help build confidence and keep us on a track of progression toward achieving dreams.

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